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Spotted Pleione   
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Spotted Pleione
ative Photo: K.L. Chaudhary
Common name: Spotted Pleione
Botanical name: Pleione maculata    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Coelogyne maculata, Pleione diphylla, Coelogyne diphylla

Spotted Pleione is a curious terrestrial orchid, with tubby, warty, green bulbs. Flowers are fragrant and white, with the lip strongly marked with Imperial purple and yellow. Two folded, lance-shaped leaves, 0.5-1 ft long, grow from the pseudobulb. Spotted Pleione is found in Yunnan China, Assam India, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Laos, Myanamar, Thailand and Vietnam in highland primary cloud forests at elevations of 600-2000 m.

Identification credit: K.L. Chaudhary Photographed in Shillong, Meghalaya & Kartok Reserve Forest, Sikkim.

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